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Academic Disciplines & Faculty

  • Creative Writing
  • EAP
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Speech

Creative Writing Courses


Creative Writing Course Offerings for Spring 2019

Creative Writing
  • CRW2001 Creative Writing & Adv. Comp -- CRN 20681 - Holly Elliot
  • CRW2100 Introduction to Fiction -- CRN 23894 - Shara Moon
  • CRW2102 Fiction II -- CRN 26626 - Shari Koopmann
  • CRW2300 Introduction to Poetry -- CRN 23895 - Tamara Madison
  • CRW2301 Poetry II -- CRN 26625 - Kirsten Holt
  • CRW2930 Sel. Topics in Creative Writing -- CRN 26808 - Victoria Grajeda
    (This Creative Writing course focuses on Flash Fiction)


Creative Writing Faculty Bios

Elliott, Holly
Dr. Holly Elliott, a native of Palatka, Florida, earned a B.A. in Literature and an M.A., and Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University.  She served as Associate Poetry Editor and then Poetry Editor for The Southeast Review while attending F.S.U. and was awarded the George M. Harper Award in Graduate Essay Writing. She has previously taught composition, literature and creative writing courses at Florida State University, and at the University of Central Florida, where she served as content advisor for the first-year writing publication, Stylus.  Publications include works selected for Dream Fantasy International, Strange Horizons, and Barnyard Horror.  She has been teaching at Valencia College since 2007.

Holt, Kirsten
Kirsten Holt received her MFA in poetry from the University of Central Florida. Her chapbook "Overwintered" was the winner of the 2010 Annual Chapbook Contest and is available from Yellowjacket Press. She has served as managing editor for The Florida Review, and reads for Sweet: A Literary Confection. Kirsten presented her paper, "Video Games as Legitimate Literature" at the 2012 AWP Conference in Boston, and continues to push for higher learning in alternative art forms. Recent work can be found in the Louisville Review, Portland Review, and Orion. She has been teaching Valencia College since 2013.

Hughes, John
John Calvin Hughes has degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Florida. He has published a critical study, The Novels and Short Stories of Frederick Barthelme (The Edwin Mellen Press); a poetry chapbook, The Shape of Our Luck (Sargent Press); a poetry book, Music from a Farther Room (Aldrich Press); two novels, Twilight of the Lesser Gods (CreateSpace) and Killing Rush (Second Wind Publishing); and a poetry chapbook, Cul-de-sac Agonistes (Black Bomb Books). His latest novel, The Lost Gospel of Darnell Rabren, will be published in August by Bowen Press. He has also published stories, poems, reviews, and literary criticism in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals, including Southern Indiana Review, The Timberline Review, Studies in Short Fiction and Mississippi Review.

Koopmann, Shari
Shari Koopmann holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bloomsburg University, a master’s degree in literature from the University of New Hampshire, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Central Florida. She has published poetry in various small press journals in both the United States and Canada, including Red Hand Press’s Fulva Flava and Defect Cult literary annuals, Second-Hand Production’s Falling Star Magazine, Day Break Press’s Prism Quarterly, and Ascent Aspirations Magazine’s anthologies Aqua Terra and Close to Quitting Time, in which she was awarded first and second prizes for her poems “Today’s Lesson: Staying Dry” and “Treading Water” respectively. Bella Books will be publishing her third novel in the winter of 2019. Shari also published articles of literary criticism in international peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books, including the Atlantic Literary Review, the Atlantic Critical Review Quarterly, and Studies in Women Writers in English.

Madison, Tamara
Tamara J. Madison is an internationally traveled writer, poet, and performer. Her critical and creative works have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies including Poetry International, Extract, Web del Sol Review of Books, Tidal Basin Review, and aaduna. She has also been published in the anthologies, Temba Tupu (RedSea Press), Check the Rhyme (LitNoire Press) and SisterFire (HarperCollins).

She is the author of Collard County, A Collection of Short Stories, and Kentucky Curdled, a poetry/essay collection and poetry audiobook. Her album, Naked Voice, is Grand Prize Winner of the First Literary Recording Contest for Manzanita Quarterly and AUTHENTIC VOICEwork Records. Her most recent poetry collection Threed, This Road Not Damascus was short-listed under the title, Breast Poems, in the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award for poetry and is a forthcoming publication with Trio House Press for spring 2019 .

Tamara has performed and recorded her work for stage, television, and studio. She enjoys facilitating creative writing and expressions workshops for both youths and adults. She currently lives in Orlando where she teaches as a professor of English and creative writing at Valencia College. She also loves teaching a community Zumba class. For more information, visit her home on the web. www.tamarajmadison.com.

Moon, Shara
Shara Moon is a writer of captivating and heartfelt romantic fiction. Published under a pseudonym, she has nearly 20 novels and novellas to date. Several of her stories have landed on bestseller lists, including USA Today and Barnes & Noble's NOOK Top 100. Her stories have garnered high praise and starred reviews from esteemed publications like The Washington Post and Library Journal. She is a long-time member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and an active member of Novelist, Inc. (NINC). In addition, she has been invited to speak at numerous reader and writer conventions, including the Writer's Digest Annual Conference and the Brooklyn Book Festival. She has presented on several professional panels and has led a variety of writing workshops for aspiring authors.

In 2007, she earned her bachelor's degree in Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and now holds a master's degree in English Language & Literacy from the City College of New York. Having taught several courses of freshman composition, she is excited to be a part of the Creative Writing faculty at Valencia.

English for Academic Purposes Program

English for Academic Purposes Courses


English for Academic Purposes Faculty

Tatiana Bizon - Professor of EAP

Ian Dreilinger - Professor of EAP

Nissa Hopkins - Professor and Coordinator of EAP

James May - Professor of EAP


EAP Students Film

EAP Video


English Courses


English Faculty

Abdallah Boumarate - Professor of English

Dorothy Charron - Professor of English

Susan Dauer - Professor of English

Holly Elliott - Professor of English

Lauren Ermel - Professor of English

Shea Faulkner - Professor of English

Randy Gordon - Professor of English and Discipline Co-Coordinator

Victoria Grajeda - Professor of English

Clay Holliday - Professor of English

Kirsten Holt - Professor of English

Zachary Hyde - Professor of English

Shari Koopman - Professor of English

James Leonard - Professor of English

Tamara Madison - Professor of English

Jane Maguire - Professor of English

Mandy Mahaffey - Professor of English

Ashley Miller - Professor of English

Chiara Ojeda - Professor of English

Robert Schachel - Professor of English

Crystal Smith - Professor of English

Richard Thomas - Professor of English

Summer Trazzera - Professor of English and Discipline Co-Coordinator

Nicole Valentino - Professor of English

Marcelle Wycha - Professor of English



Mass Communication


Mass Communication Faculty

Edie Gaythwaite - Professor of Mass Communication

William Gombash - Professor of Mass Communication

Courtney Lewis - Professor of Mass Communication

Rebecca Newman - Professor of Journalism

Public Relations


Public Relations Faculty

Rebecca Newman - Professor of Journalism

Speech Courses


Speech Faculty

Karen Borglum - Professor of Speech

Edie Gaythwaite - Professor of Speech

William Gombash - Professor of Speech

Margaret Gonzalez - Professor of Speech

Alycia LaFavor - Professor of Speech

Courtney Lewis - Professor of Speech & Discipline Coordinator

Kim Long - Professor of Speech

Molly McLaughlin - Professor of Speech

Kathleen O'Neal - Professor of Speech

Kevin Rushing - Professor of Speech

Liza Schellpfeffer - Professor of Speech

Arri Stone - Professor of Speech







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